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How are you spending the time between MSI and the Summer Split? Do you get any downtime? 

I get a week off, but I feel like don’t deserve it, so I am constantly playing as much as I possibly can to prepare my mental tolerance to do better in competitive play.

 

Heading into MSI what was your perspective on the Meta of the event? Do you feel you prepared correctly in terms of picks/bans and what to play?

Yes, we just played very badly. I feel like the only thing we could pick up would be Rumble top and Urgot bot. something we’ve tried before.

 

Expectations were high heading into the event. What were your personal expectations? What factors played most into the teams lackluster performance? Do you think it’s an issue with preparation? How much of a factor was “tilting” and can you expand on tilt in competitive play?

I think it was 60% Tilt and 40% everything else. When we got first blooded we lost almost all of our positive mindset and hopes of winning.

 

It seems as if you should have lane swapped against in your game against Fnatic and kept the 1v1 against AHQ. What were the reasons for playing these the way you did and what could you have done better?

In the 2v1 I could have not died. In the 1v1 I could have called for Santorin to protect me from dives. I played like this because I feel like I didn’t play enough solo queue before the event, and didn’t work hard enough on the important factors of communication.

 

Fnatic, 6 top bans. How did this affect you and did you expect it at all? Were there other champions you could have played and simply didn’t?

I played Gnar a huge amount of times so it didn’t really affect me. What did affect is me not being on a specific tank champion and doing well. But it didn’t really matter because my play this tournament regardless of champion was pretty bad.

 

Instead of asking “what went wrong”, what went right? Despite the obvious errors in game, was there anything you felt the team managed to do correctly in the face of losing?

Nothing went right for us.

 

The popular opinion is that you were simply left on an island to fend for yourself in most of the games. You have stated this simply isn’t the case. Can you elaborate a bit on how those situations (being dived/camped) could have gone differently? Is it as cut and dry as you not getting the help, or is there a communication issue?

It’s all about the communication and if I don’t ask for it, then I deserve to be dove for not asking from them to be there instead of saying “I’m going to get dove here.”

 

Moving forward, what is your immediate next step and what do you think you need to work on most individually? As a team?

Communication, positive mindset, and for me being comfortable playing league while communicating against godly players.

 

In terms of overall strength, is NA as far behind as it seems? While it is quite far off, how do you believe each region will stack up at worlds? Do you believe TSM can win worlds?

It is the same as fans think. For us winning worlds, this is the best lineup we’ve ever had so if we had a chance of winning worlds before it is at its highest percentage now.

 

How much do out of game activities affect in game performance and what have you been doing outside of the game?

Playing too much CS:GO and GTA 5 kept my mind off of the terrors of solo queue. Which was a mistake because I need to feel that pain to be used to playing on stage comfortably.

 

You’ve played professionally for over 4 years, and have been to every world championship. Have you considered retirement? In your mind, when are you “done”?

I’ve considered retirement since last year before we beat c9 for the summer split. I felt like I couldn’t do anything to carry, then when we played there my performance was surprisingly really good. I feel like I played better than I ever expected myself to play. My mindset changed for worlds and I dedicated myself to trying to do more for my team. I don’t want to be a burden and if there is a better top laner then me available I would gladly give up my spot if it increases TSM’s chances of winning worlds.

 

How do you deal with criticism? Has there ever been a point where it’s gotten to you to the point that it affects your in game performance?

In my rookie years yeah it did a bit. Nowadays it doesn’t it’s just motivation for me to do better to prove people wrong. But it does apply some pressure to my game which could hurt my play, still not sure myself.

 

Looking at the summer split, who holds the top 3 slots at the end of the season? Who will attend worlds?

TSM, and whoever else they don’t matter.

 

Any thoughts on the newest additions to the LCS, TDK and NME? Do you expect them to perform well?

I’m looking forward to see how well Seraph plays. When he first joined I felt like he didn’t deserve to be in the LCS, but as time goes on it is inspirational to see players climb back in through their own resolve and team.

 

Do you watch the EU LCS? What teams in EU are the strongest in your opinion and is there anyone you want to play against specifically?

I’ve always wanted to play against SK but we never got the chance. They seemed to be in a slump for playoffs because of team synergy I’m guessing. FNATIC is obviously the strongest.

 

What champions do you want to see return to competitive play? Are there any champions you wish you could play more often?

I play a really mean Olaf. I never got to show it at season 2 because I never thought he was as OP back then but my Olaf was world class at the time in my opinion at least.

 

What is your thought on the current top Meta and state of the game in general? What has been your favorite Meta to play in so far?

Top lane is never fun unless you’re carrying the game.

 

Who is the hardest top laner to play against in the NA LCS?

Impact and Quas.

 

What is your current favorite champion in general?

Jax and Singed.

 


Tim Kimbirk is a content creator and interviewer for SoloMid. You can find him in the depths of solo queue, or on twitter talking about eSports.


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As the 2015 LCS Summer Split approaches, Team SoloMid has renewed its player contracts through dates ranging from 2016 to 2018.

Formerly ending in Q4 2015, Team SoloMid shows faith with these extensions to their LoL squad, adding up to 3 years onto each player’s tenure.


Current TSM Roster with updated Contract dates:

 

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In anticipation of the upcoming Wild Card tournament, Japanese representative DetonatioN FocusMe will be heading to California to bootcamp with other Logitech Sponsored teams at the Logitech Headquarters in Silicon Valley, where they will be staying. The team hopes to gain valuable practice in order to secure their spot at the 2015 World Championship.

Various sources from Twitter and support player Kazu’s ask.fm have been collected in a reddit post by shirokaisen, also shared below.

Similar to previous teams’ Asia bootcamps in the past, the Japanese team DetonatioN FocusMe – coming off their 3-0 over rivals RabbitFive in the LJL Season 1 Final – will be leaving tonight for California to train leading up to the International Wild Card Invitational.

They’ll be staying at Logitech HQ in Silicon Valley, where they’ll be practicing until the 17th before heading off to Turkey to compete. Their scrim partners will primarily be the other Logitech-sponsored teams in the country – TSM and Cloud 9. Analyst and support player KazuXD hopes that the pressure of playoff season will let them get some excellent scrims in.

Going on the trip are:

  • Top: Keisuke “Bonzin” Oda
  • Jungle: Yuta “Astarore” Hiratsuka
  • Mid: Kyohei “Ceros” Yoshida
  • Support/Analyst: Kazuta “KazuXD” Suzuki
  • Manager: Nobuyuki “LGraN” Umezaki

AD Carry and LJL S1 MVP Yuta “Yutapon” Sugiura will not be attending, choosing to continue attending classes in college right up until the IWCI date. He’ll be playing from home and adjusting his schedule to match America’s. Kazu says this won’t be a problem.

During this time they won’t be streaming at all, and none of their practice matches will be broadcast.

Hopefully this doesn’t end up like CLG’s Korean bootcamp.

EDIT: According to DetonatioN’s official twitter, the TSM scrims are still being worked out and aren’t for sure yet. C9 is happening though.

Sources: Kazu’s ask.fm: http://ask.fm/Xxkazujap0xX/ and several Japanese players on Twitter.

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RAW Data: IEM Katowice

March 20th, 2015

 

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Not wanting to waste a bunch of  cool info, here’s some of the extra RAW data I collected from IEM Katowice. Keep in mind it’s a little rough, but gives a good look at the overall flavor of champions played at the event. Expect something similar, with a graphical flair, for the upcoming NA LCS playoffs.


 

Total Bans: Viktor, rek’sai, Janna, Rengar, Nidalee, Leblanc

Total Picks: Rumble, Morgana (2), Jarvan, Graves, Kennen, Rek’sai, Corki, Gnar, Lissandra

Champion most banned against Cloud 9: Vi(2)

Most picked: Morgana(2)

Total games played: 2

Total champions played: 9


 

GET Total Bans: Zed, Nidalee, Vi, Graves, Lucian, Lulu, Diana(3), Jarvan(2), Sivir, leblanc, Rek’sai, Sion

GET Total Picks: Corki(5), Lee Sin(3), Lissandra, Nami(2), Rek’Sai(2), Maokai(2), Janna(3), Viktor, Rumble(2), Ezreal,Yasuo, Leblanc

Champion most banned against GE Tigers: Lissandra(4)

Most picked: Corki(5), Lee sin(3), Janna(3)

Total games played: 5

Total champions played: 12


 

SK Gaming Total Bans: Nidalee, Maokai, Ahri, Leblanc, Zed, Liissandra

Sk Gaming total picks: Rek’sai, Lucian, Hecarim, Diana(2), Lulu, Annie, Gnar, Caitlyn, Nidalee

Champion Most banned against SK Gaming: Graves(2)

Most Picked: Diana (2)

Total games played: 2

Total champions played:  9


 

Yoe.FW Total Bans: Graves(3), Zed(3), Leblanc, Rumble(4), V(2), Lucian, Sivir (3), Nidalee

Yoe.FW Total Picks: Caitlyn(2), Gnar, Xerath, Rengar(2), Janna(3), Maokai(2), Zed(2), Jarvan, Rek’Sai, Morgana, Kog’maw, Ezreal,Nidalee, Nami, Irelia(2), Lucian, Corki, Leblanc

Champion Most banned against Yoe Flash Wolves: Maokai(4)

Most Picked: Janna (3), Caitlyn (2), Zed (2)

Total games played: 6

Total champions played: 18


 

Gambit Total Bans: Hecarim, Maokai, Leblanc, Ezreal, Maokai, Annie

Gambit Total Picks: Annie, Lee sin, Corki, Twisted Fate(2), Jarvan, Morgana, Nidalee, Graves, Thresh

Most picked: Twisted Fate(2)

Champion Most banned against Gambit Gaming: Kennen(2), Zed(2)

Total games played: 2

Total champions played: 9


 

CJ Entus Total Bans:  Kennen, Zed, Rek’Sai(2), Ahri, Lissandra

CJ Entus Total Picks: Lulu, Nidalee, Ezreal, Nami, Kog’maw, Corki(2), Rek’sai, Leona, Dr. Mundo, Xerath, Hecarim, Viktor, Lee Sin, Annie

Champion most banned against CJ Entus: Leblanc(2)

Most picked: Corki (2)

Total games played: 3

Total champions played: 14


 

Team Solomid Total Bans:  Rek’Sai(5), Nidalee(2), Maokai(3), Lulu, Leblanc(3), Thresh, Morgana(5), Janna

Team Solomid Total Picks:  Corki(2), Zed(2), Lulu(3), Lee Sin(3), Kennen, Maokai(5), Annie(4), Sivir(2), Viktor, Nidalee(3), Lissandra(5), Thresh, Lucian(4), Vi, Leblanc, Rumble(2), Rek’sai, Janna

Most picked: Lissandra(5), Annie(4), Maokai(5), Lucian(4)

Champion Most Banned against TSM: Rumble(4), Zed(5), Sivir(4)

Total games played:  8

Total champions played: 18


 

WE Total Bans: Janna, Rumble, Lissandra(4), Kennen, Zed(3), Jarvan IV, Thresh, Leblanc, Lulu(6), Viktor(5),

WE Total Picks:  Jarvan IV(6), Morgana(2), Diana(2), Graves, Sion, Rek’sai(2), Sivir(6), Hecarim(3), Janna(4, Diana(2), Sion(3), Lee Sin, Thresh, Kalista, Maokai, Ezreal(2), Ahri(4), Maokai, Leona, Caitlyn

Champions Most Banned Against WE: Rek’Sai(4), Maokai(3), Leblanc(3)

Most picked: Jarvan IV(6), Sivir(6), Janna(4)

Total games played:  9

Total champions played: 20


 

Total Champions picked or banned at IEM Katowice: 38

Most picked/Banned Champions of the tournament

Rek’sai – 9 pick 10 ban/100% of matches. Record: 7-2 (77.8% Win)

Maokai – 9 pick 8 ban/89.5% of Matches. Record: 5-4 (55.6% Win)

Leblanc – 7 pick 9 ban/84.2% of Matches. Record: 3-4 (42.9% Win)

 

Honorable Mention: Zed – 4 pick 11 ban/78.9% of Matches. Record: 7-5 (58.3% Win)

 

Most Diverse Champion Pools

World Elite – 20 Champions Played

Team SoloMid – 18 Champions Played

Yoe Flash Wolves – 18 Champions Played

 

Most Banned out Player

Bjergsen – Zed(5)


Any stats or information you’d like to see that I didn’t show here? I might have it and just didn’t post it. Either way, tell me what you want to see, anything from times drag was taken to blue/red side win rates, if it’s trackable,I can do it. Comment below, or tweet @timkimbirk.

Team Solomid made a convincing case for themselves to be considered among one of the world’s finest teams in a clean sweep of World Elite to win the IEM Season 9 World Championship Finals.

After being knocked into the losers bracket by TSM, World Elite clawed their way into the finals with a surprising 2-1 victory over Korea’s number one seed GE Tigers. Heavily favored to win the entire tournament, the GE Tigers would suffer their first ever competitive match loss at the hands of China’s 12th seeded team, setting the stage for a Grand Final rematch between WE and Team SoloMid.

 

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TSM Pre-Finals discussion

 

 

In a slow start to game 1, TSM eventually overcame a gold deficit to a comeback victory, propelling them into swift game 2 and 3 victories. A clearly dominant performance earns them their first ever victory at an international event. TSM Looks to take this momentum into the NA LCS Playoffs, only weeks away.

Grand Finals vods via loleventvods:

Game 1,Game 2,Game 3

 

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 IEM Season IX World Championship Katowice Final Standings

1: Team SoloMid

2: Team WE

3/4: GE Tigers/yoe Flash Wolves

4-8: CJ Entus/Gambit Gaming  SK Gaming/Cloud 9

Photo source: IEM Official website

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LCK Stats at end of Week 7

NA LCS stats at end of Week 7

LPL stats at end of Week 7, Day 1. Season 5 Statistics for substitute players Xiye and Mystic unavailable :(

Link to part 1: IEM Katowice 2015 League of Legends Team Infographs (Pt. 1)

Link to part 2: IEM Katowice 2015 League of Legends Team Infographs (Pt. 2)

Stats compiled and writing by: Kevin ‘SoullessFire’ Lee

Graphics by Ling Gu: @vpnviper

All statistics were taken off lolesports.com and lol.gamepedia.com

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With CJ Entus filling the final slot of the IEM World Championship, the official groups have been announced.

The group stage will be composed of two groups of double elimination play. Each group will feature one team per region with a mix of two previous IEM winners – Cloud 9 and Gambit Gaming.

The Group Stage begins Friday, March 13th.

Official Announcement

Group A

 

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Group B

 

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Images credit to official IEM website.

 

Team Solomid has expanded it’s roster of competitive teams with the acquisition of Team Confound, Joining TSM under the name ‘TSM Darkness’. The team intends to compete in the 2015 NACS Spring in hopes of making it into the LCS. This marks the first semi-pro team to play under the TSM banner since 2012’s Team SoloMid EVO.

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TSM Darkness Roster

Ryan “Ron” Ballard – Top
Lyonel “Arcsecond” Pfaender – Mid
Paul “Indivisible” Nguyen – Support
Andrew “Azingy” Zamarripa – Jungle
David “Kabigon” Bérubé – ADC

Read the official announcement on Facebook.

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What is it like going from playing in Challenger Series to playing in international LAN tournaments? What is the hardest part to adjust to?

Kikis:  As for myself, I have a lot of experience of playing LAN events even before LCS was a thing, for example 2012 regionals at Gamescom, so it’s nothing new to me. But it’s a lot different and more exciting to play in front of huge live audience, when you can feel when they cheer and get hyped, instead of online at your sweet home. It’s definitely something I look forward to and will never get bored of.

 

What steps do you take to adapt to the newest patch? What is your approach to the current jungle?

Kikis: Well, the most important thing is to get used to it. And to do that, you just spam solo Queue games.. To get a feel of what’s strong I try a lot of champions that I think might be worth experimenting with. If I don’t see any potential in a champion, I’ll just drop it and move on. If I think something can work I’ll use it in a scrim to see how it works in a more competitive environment. I don’t look too hard though, I don’t put pressure on myself to deliver a new pick to the audience. I won’t put team in situation that we lose purely by trying too hard to make something work.

 

Who do you expect to give you the hardest time in the jungle?

Kikis: It’s hard to judge skill levels after new jungle patch came out and most of the junglers didn’t play competitive games on it. But if I had to choose, I respect Svenskeren as a player the most and I think he could give me the hardest time in the jungle with his aggressive playstyle. It doesn’t mean I would fall under his grace though, I will fight to the death with everyone I meet on Summoner’s rift.

 

What do you like or dislike about the current state of the jungle in the preseason and what changes would you like to see heading into Season 5?

Kikis: I like the way changes are going right now. Riot is doing their best to make this role balanced and fun. I actually really enjoy 2 stacks of smite and ability to change jungle items for free before enchanting. It gives better options for farming junglers that start with purple smite, and later on they can change it back to more useful smite in team fights.

 

What are your thoughts on ranged junglers and do you believe they require an advanced mechanical proficiency? What is their place on a team?

 

Kikis: I think ranged junglers are pretty strong, but it’s hard to fit them into a team comp. A lot of the times you have mid, ad and support ranged and you need some kind of front line. They require proper knowledge and practice about juggling the minions to not lose health and also don’t let them hard reset, which slows your jungle tremendously. Though with the recent nerfs on soft resets going down to 5 I am not so sure about them anymore. That might’ve killed their viability.

 

What was your mindset picking TF at IEM, was it intended to be a “cheese” or is it simply something you’ve practiced and had success with? What were your thoughts going into the matchup against TSM?

Kikis: We’ve practiced TF in scrims quite a bit. It worked pretty well. A lot of damage with great CC and map control with ult. I was confident in the champion, team was confident in me and we just went with it. Of course the part that we pick it in higher rotation to make enemies think it’s a mid-laner played a big part and that was intended, but it wasn’t the sole reason to use Twisted Fate. Everyone was super pumped against playing versus TSM and we were really motivated to win that and I’m really glad we actually did.

 

What did you gain most from playing at IEM? What are your overall thoughts on the event?

Kikis: Most people on the team doesn’t have a lot of LAN experience, especially in front of such a huge and wonderful audience, so it was a good thing for us. We played versus the best teams from NA and we learned a lot from C9 about vision control and team synergy. The event itself was really nice. We’ve met a lot of fans of the team, signed some stuff and took some photos. (which is pretty new to us by the way, it was overwhelming).

 

How are you preparing for the LCS? What are your goals going into the spring split?

Kikis: Well, mainly playing the game. 7 hours of scrim daily, 1-4 hours of solo Q and some analysis/team talk and watching replays. Every day we are getting better, we know our problems and we address them correctly. Everyone has a lot of trust into each other which is really great. We are not afraid to practice picks that we think are strong and we are motivated to put up a good show in the LCS and hopefully more.

 

Who are you looking forward to playing against most and who do you feel is your biggest threat in the EU LCS?

Kikis: It might sound lame but I look forward against playing every team. I am curious about overall strength of EU teams and on how we stand against them. The biggest threat will probably be Elements and SK. They look really good on paper, but we have to see if they stand up to their hype.

 

What players do you look up to? How would you define your playstyle and how do you feel it plays into your teams overall gameplay?

Kikis: The people I most look up to are the ones that give their heart and dedicate a lot of time to league. So from Europe it would mostly be Rekkles and Froggen. Also Faker, because he is a god, and Zefa. I really like Zefa’s playstyle and love watching him play.

 

What is your favorite lane to gank? 

Kikis: I don’t really have a favorite lane to gank. The only thing is that a lot of the times it’s hard to gank bot lane because they have more people percentage wise compared to other lanes and more defensive summoner spells.

 

Shout outs?

Kikis: I would like to thanks to everyone who is cheering for me or my team. The amount of support we are getting lately is huge and we are grateful for that. Also shout outs to our sponsors for helping us out and making living in gaming house possible!

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Authors Note: Due to a busy schedule and preparation for the upcoming LCS, the release of this interview was delayed and some of the information is late.

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As part of the Solomid network, we’ll be doing a Christmas giveaway of Solomid gear. Want in? Here’s how to enter:

 

All you have to do is follow Chefo and Caymus and retweet either one of their posts:

 



We’ll be giving away five shirts from Solomid’s store and one jacket:

 

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[ Disclaimer ] The giveaway doesn’t include South America. Apologies! Every other region is eligible.

 

We’ll be announcing the winners on December 31st. Good luck and happy holidays!